pick on
phrasal to single out for criticism, teasing, or bullying <
picked on smaller boys
>
; also to single out for a particular purpose or for special attention

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pick on — ► pick on single out for unfair treatment. Main Entry: ↑pick …   English terms dictionary

  • pick on — [verb] torment, badger, bait, bully, goad, hector, tease * * * repeatedly single (someone) out for blame, criticism, or unkind treatment in a way perceived to be unfair * * * pick on [phrasal verb] pick on (someone) 1 : to laugh at or make fun of …   Useful english dictionary

  • pick on — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms pick on : present tense I/you/we/they pick on he/she/it picks on present participle picking on past tense picked on past participle picked on a) pick on someone to keep treating someone badly or unfairly,… …   English dictionary

  • pick on — 1) PHRASAL VERB If someone picks on you, they repeatedly criticize you unfairly or treat you unkindly. [INFORMAL] [V P n] Bullies pick on younger children... [V P n] Mr Adams was repeatedly bullied and picked on by manageress Elizabeth Archer.… …   English dictionary

  • pick on — why don t you pick on somebody your own size? Syn: bully, victimize, tyrannize, torment, persecute, criticize, harass, hound, taunt, tease; informal get at, have it in for, be down on, needle …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • pick on — phr verb Pick on is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bully …   Collocations dictionary

  • pick on — {v.} 1. {informal} To make a habit of annoying or bothering (someone); do or say bad things to (someone). * /Other boys picked on him until he decided to fight them./ Syn.: PICK AT(3). 2. To single out; choose; select. * /He visited a lot of… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pick on — {v.} 1. {informal} To make a habit of annoying or bothering (someone); do or say bad things to (someone). * /Other boys picked on him until he decided to fight them./ Syn.: PICK AT(3). 2. To single out; choose; select. * /He visited a lot of… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pick\ on — v 1. informal To make a habit of annoying or bothering (someone); do or say bad things to (someone). Other boys picked on him until he decided to fight them. Syn.: pick at(3) 2. To single out; choose; select. He visited a lot of colleges, and… …   Словарь американских идиом

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